By Ben Metcalf
Against the Country is a present for fanatics of Southern Gothic and metafiction alike. Set within the Virginia pines, and overrun with failed mom and dad, racist intercourse offenders, cast-off clergymen, and suicidal chickens, this novel demanding situations literary conference while it assaults our nationwide myth—that the agricultural certainly engenders solid, whereas the city breeds an inevitable sin.
In a voice either completely American and completely new, Metcalf introduces the reader to Goochland County, Virginia—a land of obdurate soil, voracious bugs, lackluster farms, and scary trees—and information one family’s pitiful fight to outlive there. finally it turns into transparent that Goochland isn't really only the author’s atmosphere; it's a transforming into, throbbing risk that warps and scars each of his characters’ lives.
Equal elements fiery feedback and icy farce, Against the Country is the main hilarious sermon one is probably going to listen to just about our local soil, and the starkest occasion of the language our land produced. the result's a literary travel de strength that increases the query: was once there ever a narrator, in all our literature, so targeted, so far-reaching, so eloquently misanthropic, because the one encountered here?
Advance compliment for Against the Country
“Exceptional in its verbal brilliance and conscientiousness, opposed to the rustic comprises us in a family’s anguished and hilarious fight opposed to the unusual dooms that appear atypical to white rural the USA. this can be a savage and gladdening novel.”—Joseph O’Neill, writer of Netherland and The Dog
“This novel is a lightning strike. it's a surge of electric power captured within sentences. Ben Metcalf is a grasp of rhetoric and rage and persuasion and darkness and wit. opposed to the rustic is an explosion of a book.”—Heidi Julavits, writer of The Vanishers
“Ben Metcalf is an excellent author, and opposed to the rustic is an inventive and hilarious novel, a glittering, sour get together of ways the lousiness of existence might be redeemed within the fingers (and mouth) of a top-shelf teller of life’s stories.”—Sam Lipsyte, writer of The Ask and the joys Parts
“Against the rustic makes me consider pleased the way in which Candide, for all its astute gloominess, makes me consider higher concerning the international simply because this sort of really good, humorous factor has been made in it. The intelligence is beneficiant and omnipresent, and each unmarried web page made me laugh.”—Rivka Galchen, writer of Atmospheric Disturbances
“To locate whatever equivalent to this writing you’d have to return approximately a hundred and fifty years, notwithstanding it sounds new in Metcalf’s dealing with and infrequently even punk. What he has to assert approximately American formative years is horrifying and actual. Virginia, you've been either commemorated and shamed through your wayward son.”—John Jeremiah Sullivan, writer of Pulphead: Essays
“This publisher’s debut to overcome . . . acid insights, uncooked energy.”—Library Journal
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